Rejoicing in Heaven (v. 1-5)
John heard a multitude of voices in heaven celebrating. They are happy that God is so just and powerful and killed the great prostitute because she corrupted the earth.
Again, the great prostitute seems to represent a city. Somehow this city encouraged people to stray from God, which is why it was represented as a prostitute. At least that is my takeaway here. It's hard to say exactly what this stuff is supposed to mean.
The Marriage Supper of the Lamb (v. 6-10)
The Lamb is getting married, his bride has readied herself and is clothed in fine linen, which are the righteous deeds of the saints. The angel said that those who are invited to the marriage are blessed by God, and John bowed down to worship him, but the angel said not to, because he was a servant as well.
What? This is apparently way over my head, hopefully the commentaries will be helpful here.
Apparently (according to Guzik), in the old testament Israel is often presented as God's wife, who is unfortunately often unfaithful.
The Rider on a White Horse (v. 11-21)
Then heaven opened up and a rider on a white horse came out who represents the word of God. His eyes are like fire, his head is covered in diadems, and he is clothed in a robe dipped in blood. Following are the armies of heaven clothed in fine linen.
Such a gruesome image of God.
An angel called to "all the birds overhead" (is this supposed to be the angels?) to gather for the great supper of God, to eat the flesh of kings, captains, mighty men, horses and their riders, all men free and slave.
|Pic from The Living Word of God blog|
There was a great battle between the army of the beast and the army of heaven and obviously, heaven won. The beast was captured along with the prophet (who used signs to deceive people into following them) and threw them into the fire. The rest were slain by the sword.
Yet again, it is explicitly pointed out that people were tricked into following the beast, and yet those who followed are still punished.
What lessons were in this chapter?
Revelation 19:20-21 Killed for being tricked into following the beast
"And the beast was captured, and with it the false prophet who in its presence had done the signs by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped its image. These two were thrown alive into the lake of fire that burns with sulfur. And the rest were slain by the sword"
Revelation 19:20-21 Violent punishment
"These two were thrown alive into the lake of fire that burns with sulfur. And the rest were slain by the sword"